|What Are Minerals?
Minerals are the building blocks of our society. We use items made with them every day.
||The Acid Test
The Acid Test Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire.
Mineral Identification Chart Printable mineral ID chart by Art Crossman in MS Excel format.
Rhodochrosite : a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone.
Quartz is the most abundant mineral in the crust. It has many useful properties.
Rhodonite is a pink manganese silicate used as a gemstone, an ornamental stone and an ore.
Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses.
|Fireworks & Minerals
The Science of Fireworks Their shapes and colors are produced through chemistry, physics & art.
Find Minerals and Gems Dozens of sites where you can dig and keep what you find.
United States Gemstones Small mines in the U.S. produce a diversity of gemstones.
||Diamond: The Mineral
Diamond is a mineral with unique properties and many gem and industrial uses!
Fluorescent Minerals glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
||Uses of Gold
Gold has unique properties that make it one of the most useful minerals.
||Diamonds from Coal?
Diamonds Do Not Form From Coal That is one of the biggest misconceptions in science.
||Tucson Mineral Show
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show Photos from the largest gem and mineral show.
Calcite is a carbonate mineral with industrial, agricultural, medical and many other uses.
Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
||Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earth Elements are used in cell phones, DVDs, batteries, magnets & many other products.
Topaz is a mineral best known as a durable gemstone and its use in Mohs Hardness Scale.
Herkimer Diamonds Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems.
||Is Water a Mineral?
Is Water a Mineral? Comparing the properties of water with the definition of a mineral.
||Denver Mineral Show
Denver Gem and Mineral Show Photos and comments about this incredible annual show.
Spodumene is a pegmatite mineral, an ore of lithium and sometimes a gemstone.
Kyanite a metamorphic mineral that most often forms from clay-rich sedimentary rocks.
Olivine Rain Spitzer Telescope discovered a rain of olivine crystals on protostar HOPS-68.
Abandoned Mine Accidents take 20 to 30 lives per year. Many can be prevented with education.
||Uses of Silver
Uses of Silver Most people think of jewelry and coins, but silver\'s primary use is industrial.
Triboluminescence is flash produced when a mineral is rubbed, scratched or broken.